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 "Where is the scripture about the 12 apostles being baptized?"

     Regarding John the Baptist it was said: "And many of the
children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he
shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the
hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the
wisdom of the just; to make ready a people for the Lord" (Luke

     John was to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. How did
he do this? Answer: "And he came into all the country about Jordan,
preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins" (Lk.
3:3). Every man that heard and believed the preaching of John,
repented, and was baptized by him, received remission of sins, and
in this way was made ready, prepared for the Lord. In contrast,
those who refused to be baptized of John, rejected the counsel of
God against themselves (Lk. 7:30).

     When Christ came and selected his apostles, they were from
among  his disciples, and His first disciples were assuredly of
those baptized by John, and where thus made ready for Him.
Therefore, the apostles were baptized by John in Jordan.

     To suppose that the Savior would select His apostles from
among men that rejected the baptism of John, when John's mission
was to make ready a people prepared for the Lord, is preposterous,
especially  so when those that rejected John's baptism rejected the
counsel of God. Would Jesus have selected His apostles from those
that rejected his Father?

     Moreover, God required Christ, His own Son, to be baptized of
John before He had showed Himself to Israel and before He owned Him
as His Son in the presence of the people; and Christ recognized the
authority and will of the Father in the matter of baptism when He
said to John, "Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to
fulfill all righteousness"

(Source consulted: Questions Answered, Lipscomb and Sewell,21-22).

Regarding Paul, see Acts 22:16; 9:18; Rom. 6:3,4.

Question may refer to whether they were re-baptized on the day of
Pentecost, Acts 2. There is no record of that. The question of
whether apostles or others baptized by John (before Acts 2) were
baptized again after Acts 2 is a moot question. You do not know
anyone who lived before Acts 2. All of us live after Acts 2. All of
us are under the authority of the baptism of Christ, the baptism of
the Great Commission.

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